BETWEEN A MOTHER
CAT AND HER KITTEN
NATURE OF LEFTISM
AND THE STATE
This is a sample of Monsieur Duponts' writings, written by pil
pil. MD is a rather strange phenomenon. Hailing from the UK,
they have published a few very interesting pieces to contribute
to an anarchist and seemingly ultra-left communist tendency.
Their most well known, although difficult to get a hold of, works
is Nihilist Communism, a critique of Optimism. Soon, we will be
distributing more of their work. Perhaps Nihilist Communism will
appear in such a selection.
We have chosen to print this unauthorized edition because we
believe that MD has quite a bit of useful ideas and critiques to
sharpen the anarchist and insurrectional lens. Particularly today,
when the recent surge of radicalism is being swallowed by a Left-
ist leviathan and so-called anarchists are praising Chavez. Also,
kittens are cute .
-Liam Sionnach (S.Appalachia'06)
Dearest kitten, again and again the left wing seeks to curtail the
Events and bind them, reduce them, into a mere energy source for its
profane politics. Such is the expedient beauty of the crowd and how
it appears in great men's resentful thoughts. But our knowledge runs
against their's, we know that communism is Events or it is nothing. We
know that the crowd is always sufficiently organised within itself, as it
opens itself, and becoming the vessel of the Events' unfolding. Commu-
nism begins in the crowd and flourishes in the crowd's spontaneous
becoming towards objective events. It realises itself in the supersession
of the political sphere just as communism is properly the superssession
of all mystified and alienated class-based institutions... now, dearest
kitten, tell me, what is our purpose?
Oh mama, it must be to confront the left wing for it is the left ideol-
ogy and its promotion of political solutions that is most intimately
bound with capital's mystification of ideas.
Dearest kitten, then what is the first of our critical tools?
Oh mama, it is that we shall identify the counter-revolutionary as the
him that quotes lenin approvingly, and in full knowledge of Kro-
nstadt. And in contradistinction to the left wing we identify ourselves
as being of the crowd, and in our resolution never to think from the
position of the state's reasoning.
Dearest kitten, well done. The lenin quoter observes the crowd down
the barrel of another's machine gun. His watchword is 'shoot them
down like partridges.' And so to our watchword... speak it.
Oh mama, it is: no common cause.
Dearest kitten, no common cause, well
done, and now you shall have some pie.
Dearest kitten, mama is so very pleased to infer from this question a
burgeoning sophistication in your ideas; for, as your critique now
twists upon itself, you begin to move from simple positionism and
towards the central matter of the pro- revolutionary perspective.
Oh mama, the day passes heavily and I have lost my mittens. I did
hope to deflect you from chastisement with this didactic matter
which I well know is so dear to your heart but now I feel I have
betrayed the filial bond in not asking sooner, in not asking appropri-
Dearest kitten, all the better. Your false question will receive a smart
reply and the shame that you now feel shall act as the mnemonic
contrivance by which I impose a thorough theoretical consistency
upon your practice.
Oh mama, then tell me. I do hope I am equal to the question before
us, though my eyes now sting with tears of chagrin.
Dearest kitten, I shall begin my account without delay From this
moment you will remember that the left wing of the state is that
mauthentic, jagged little fragment which covers the embarrassment of
its integration with an antagonistic political ideology. The left wing is
the state's introjected ill feelings for itself More precisely, it is that
fragment of the bourgeoisie, typically situated in the academy, which
attempts to think and thereby undo the Event of revolution but from a
seemingly revolutionary perspective.
Oh mama, isn't it though... isn't it that the proper allegiance of the
left wing of the state is always revealed (and often too late) to be
running parallel to the composition of its class character and there-
fore in contradistinction to its espoused political values?
Dearest kitten you approach the matter as if walking upon rice paper.
The left wing's political function is to return the exploiter class to
political power but for ostensibly divergent reasons (it proposes
reason, education, justice over 'outdated' dogmatics, traditions and
the arbitrary); in the economic sphere of course, the bourgeois class
does not contest its own right to dictate, it merely argues for the neces-
sity of objective reform.
Oh mama, then that must be why the Bolsheviks short circuited 'all
power to the workers' councils' and insisted on centralised ideologi-
Dearest kitten, you are right. Of course you are right, it is because the
leninist ideology guarantees to social professionals the escalation of
their own managerialism into a totalised way of life, that this frac-
tion is undone precisely by the simple reflection of itself in its ideas.
The simple self-affirmation of the leadership role in practice realises
itself by continually reproducing a wishful consciousness for the 'ef-
ficiency' ofjacobinist institutions....
Oh mama, then at no point might the marxist-leninist turn be
considered by pro-revolutionaries to be anything other than an
implementation of a revolutionary transformation which leaves ev-
erything as it is. Might we not characterise the Bolshevik ideology as
a partially desublimated egalitarianism, but also an ideology which
nevertheless cannot contain its all-consuming class hatred against
the workers beyond the representations of them?
Dearest kitten, from the start the Bolshevik counterrevolution sought
to channel social upheaval into its reconfiguration of political econ-
omy and thereby convert revolt into labour value. As its purpose was
to retain class distinctions it always made its interventions count
against the direct seizure, and thus the undoing of, production's
command over lived life. The Bolsheviks' strategic goal was always to
integrate the general economy with the specifics of its own political
Oh mama, I do think the counterrevolution is too clever for us. After
all we can only go on what people say before they are in power. And
if the left wing is talking of radical change, in the same way in which
we are talking of radical change, then how can we ever separate our-
selves from them? How can we be sure that we are not aiding them
in their pursuit of consolidation?
Dearest kitten, do not become prematurely despondent. We should
not resign ourselves to coming face to face with this devil only at the
moment of another Supreme Soviet's triumph of centralisation, on
the contrary. The signs of the left wing's complicity, of the determina-
tion of its ideas by its class position, occur almost at every point in its
interventions, which it calls 'polities'. It is simply a matter of knowing
how to look.
Oh mama, then please give me the clue for even now there is an
encroachment from the shadows.
Dearest kitten, then study hard these words, they are a common
enough formulation; tell me what you find in them:
'But the thematics of the crowd are only a mani-
festation of what Lenin called spontaneism: an up-
rising WILL ACHIEVE NOTHING WITHOUT ORGANISATION.
zlzek has recently reminded us of this", recalling the
Events of May 1968, Derrida will also voice a similar
concern: he disliked 'vibrating in unison', he says,
and even then, the events are not yet a politics. com-
munism remains etiolated unless it joins the call to
go outside with a determinate political programme.'
(from http://spurious.typepad.com/ (10/03/05))
Oh mama, this is less the philosophy of the firing squad (in which,
after all, one might find some merit) than it is a philosophy for the
firing squad. This one makes arguments for the Committee of Public
Safety like it was 1792.
Dearest kitten, one more step if you wish to become a dialectician.
Oh mamma, then it is to the details that we shall turn; the author ad-
vances with his boodaces tied together, he permits hostile comment
on the crowd but is unable to quote the crowd's critique of its would-
be leaders. With this omission he demonstrates his class antagonism
towards the crowd itself. The call for organisation belongs to the
organising classes, the middle managers, the social professionals, the
state's well-educated functionaries. 'Organisation' is always a call for
the suppression of the crowd's key character - so it is that the pur-
pose of the left wing is the reintegration of the crowd as a harnessed
use value, the tortoise is turned over. And the dream of the left wing
is that the crowd under the stewardship of the party becomes a local
expression of the state's will.
Dearest kitten, now catch your breath. It is true that the pursuit of
organisation by the left wing indicates a class hostility towards the
crowd, and a fear of its crowdness. It is the eruptiveness of the masses
that it wishes to undo.
Oh mama, then what is this dead bird, 'a determinate political pro-